Its time to talk turkey at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
The Georgia Wildlife Federations annual Great Outdoors Show will start at 1 p.m. Friday, featuring a weekend of seminars and vendors for turkey hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
The show also features the Grand America Turkey Calling Contest.
Weve got one of the oldest turkey calling contests in the United States, said Sam Stowe, who is marketing director for the Georgia Wildlife Federation. We have turkey callers come in from all over the Southeast to compete in this thing. It is open for anybody from anywhere to enter the contest.
More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the three-day show, which has drawn more than 160 exhibitors.
It is one of our biggest fundraisers we do for Georgia Wildlife for our sportsman programs and our conservation programs, Stowe said. The monies we raise there actually go on the ground ... to keep our programs going.
The federations programs include conservation education, hunter education, kids wildlife camps, Hunters for the Hungry and clean water advocacy.
The Great Outdoors Show will take up three main buildings at the fairgrounds.
We like to call (Heritage Hall) our turkey building, Stowe said. Weve got turkey call makers in there ... and turkey outfitters in there, and it is basically just turkey hunters in there. Its the noisiest building out there.
The McGill Building will house vendors and exhibits that are mostly related to fishing.
We have several big fishing dealers in there selling lures ... rods, reels, about anything you need as far as fishing goes, Stowe said. Weve got some outfitters in there for both fishing, deer hunting and big game hunting all over the United States.
The Georgia Building will house displays, a kids area and a few vendors. It also will be where all of the seminars and demonstrations will be held.
This includes an appearance by Bobby Brantley, who is featured on truTVs Lizard Lick Towing.
Hell be there all three days to meet and greet and sign autographs, Stowe said.
The show also will feature seminars on fishing, turkey hunting, retriever training and Jason Clark of Southeastern Reptile Rescue.
Jason does a real good educational job as far as the reptile show, Stowe said. Hell do seminars about an hour and a half daily to educate people about the different reptiles and what is going on with the reptiles and especially the reptiles in Georgia.
The Georgia Building also will be the site of the turkey calling contest, which includes a junior, senior and friction division. The junior and senior divisions are open to any kind of call, while the friction division doesnt allow mouth calls.
Youve got to use something that you rub two surfaces together to create the friction to create a turkey sound, Stowe said of the friction division.
This is the shows 24th year in Perry and it also features a fishing simulator, archery for the kids and a hunter safety course, Stowe said.
Its not just getting together and having a good time and having a bunch of vendors with a lot of product, he said. Were actually able to do a lot of educational programs at the show, too.
Georgia Wildlife Federations Great Outdoors Show
When: 1-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 65 and older, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids ages 5 and younger